A best-friends-to-lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
She says she needs some help … in the bedroom.
Come again? No, really come again.
Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton.
She’s my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people’s taxes is fun. And I like … none of that stuff. She’s obsessed with her cat and reads novels I’ll never understand, and yet we just click. There’s no one I’d rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours Netflix. She’s my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.
Of course I’ll help her. There’s no one better for the job.
I’ve been there for her through everything, why should this be any different?
But what happens when she’s ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?
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Every time I see the title of Kendall Ryan’s new release, Love Machine, I instantly start singing The Miracles’ song with the same name, and while I didn’t really know all of the lyrics, once I looked them up, it was easy to connect the song to Keaton and Slate’s story, especially this particular line of verse:
‘I’m just a love machine
And I won’t work for nobody but you
I’m just a love machine
A hugging kissing fiend
I think it’s high time you knew
Whenever I think of you
My mind blows a fuse’
But turning Keaton into a ‘love machine’ is not an easy process; in fact, her sexual inexperience, her nerdy girl and people pleaser personality, and her professional drive all seem to be road blocks when it comes to the opposite sex. Keaton desperately wants to improve her ‘bedroom game,’ which means she needs a ‘sex tutor,’ a personal ‘sex coach’ who will help her with her sexploration goals and prevent her from approaching every sexual act analytically.
What’s most interesting to me in these kind of friends-to-lovers romances is how the characters’ relationship, almost from the onset, is put in the ‘friend zone’ indefinitely despite an underlying attraction because the best friend bond that’s shared is not something they’re willing to mess up, but then all it takes is an ‘indecent proposal’ from one of them to change the dynamics of what they mean to each other, knowing that, if they cross that line, nothing will ever be the same between them despite how they’d like to think otherwise.
Readers are privy to all of Keaton and Slate’s thoughts and feelings as they transition from friends-to-lovers, and as Keaton’s booty camp progresses and their romantic connection grows, it’s clear that these two are in for a world of hurt if they can’t believe in one another’s true feelings and accept that a friendship is no longer what they want or even need.
Kendall Ryan’s Love Machine is a fun, flirty story that proves that nerdy girls can let their sexy side loose with the right partner and explore every lewd and sensual act in sweet and sultry ways. It’s a fast-paced read that’s on the lighter side; the drama actually stems from the characters’ insecurities, which need to be worked out on their own so that how they truly feel about each other can soak in and lead them to discoveries that go way beyond sexual.
4 Poison Apples
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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